Mats Hummels is a German football star who plays for FC Bayern Munich. He has also played for Borussia Dortmund. He also plays for the German national soccer team. Read on to find out everything worth knowing about the German defender.
Mats Hummels Biography
Mats Hummels was born Mats Julian Hummels on 16 December 1988 in Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. His parents are Hermann Hummels, his father, and Ulla Holtho, his mother. His father, Hermann, was also his mother for a while, Ulla, was a sports journalist – no wonder he became such a good football player. Hummels has a younger brother, Jonas Hummels, who also played football but retired due to an injury he sustained in the game that ended his career.
Hummels was very fond of football and wanted to play in the striker position at a very young age. After his family moved to Munich when he was six years old, he joined the youth team of FC Bayern Munich when his father got the job as coach of the club’s youth team. He joined the team at the age of fourteen and was coached by his father, but this did not give him preferential treatment, as he had to work hard to earn his place on the team.
At times when his form was not sharp, he found himself on the bench while watching others show him what the reward for more hard work could be. Another thing that happened to him under his father’s watchful eye was that he was molded into the defensively-minded player he is today, although he aspired to the role of the striker when he joined the club. When he got his chance to play, his father played him as a defensive midfielder or further back in defense.
His professionalism and dedication to the team as he rose through the ranks of FC Bayern Munich’s youth team earned him his first professional contract in football on 19 December 2006 when he turned 18.
Mats Hummels rose through the youth ranks of FC Bayern Munich to become one of the most sought-after defenders in world football. He is highly regarded by his peers and fans for his athleticism, consistency, strength in the air, and technical skills. As a German player, he has drawn comparisons with the legendary German defender Franz Beckenbauer. Hummels has the ability to read a game and can play both in a defensive midfield position and as a central defender.
After growing through the Bayern Munich youth team, which he joined at the age of six under the guidance of his father, he signed his first professional contract at the age of 18, a four-year contract on 19 December 2006. He played for the reserves for a year before being called up to the senior national team. His first game in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich’s 5-2 victory over 1 FSV Mainz 05 in the final of the 2006/2007 season.
To get more playing time, he went on loan to Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund at halftime of the 2007-08 season. His decision proved to be the right one, as he became a regular at Dortmund, where he was a partner of Neven Subotic, who also joined the club as a new member. His importance for the club was shown when Dortmund signed him and his husband was given the sum of 4 million euros after the payment. With Dortmund, he won several titles and cups, including some against his former employer, FC Bayern Munich.
He returned to Bayern Munich in 2016 after attracting the interest of other leagues, including the English Premier League (EPL). Hummels was appointed to the German national team, and on 13 May 2010, he made his debut against Malta, in which Germany won 3-0. He was also a member of the German team that won the 2014 World Cup against Argentina. Mats Hummels currently receives an annual salary of $10,010,000 in Bayern Munich and has estimated net assets of $12 million.
Is Mats Hummels Married? Wife
Mats Hummels is married to Catherine Fischer, a German television presenter, and journalist who is popularly known as “Cathy Fischer”. He met his beautiful brunette in 2007 at a meeting arranged by a mutual friend. Born in Dachau, Fischer, who is also a model, studied technical sciences at the Technical University of Dortmund.
After being together for eight years, Hummels Fischer proposed during a skiing holiday and married his beau in a small ceremony on 15 June 2015 in Munich at the Grandhotel Bayerischer Hof. The couple is often referred to as the “Beckhams of Germany”, together with his wife Cathy Fischer, who was named “Bundesliga WAG of the Year 2013” by People Magazine and Sky Deutschland.
She now blogs about lifestyle and health and is considered the most hated WAG because of her naive and immature rhetoric and remarks she made as a presenter in 2014. Her marriage was blessed with a child, a son, whose name is not known at the moment. He was born on January 11, 2018.
Family – Parents, Brother
As mentioned earlier, Mats Hummels has a brother, Jonas, who also played football before he had an injury that forced him to give up the game he loves. His father, Hermann Hummels, was a former professional footballer and head coach. He was the head coach of the youth team of FC Bayern Munich, where Hummels first came into contact with the football. Hermann held this position until 2012, when he was replaced on 30 March 2012 by Stephan Beckenbauer, son of the club legend and one of the best German defenders of all time, Franz Beckenbauer.
Hermann Hummels currently runs his own sports management company, where he looks after young football talents and also advises players. His son, Mats Hummels, is one of his clients. His time in the youth team produced a number of German football superstars who wore the colors of the country and made the nation proud for a long time. Besides his son Hummels, these included Thomas Müller, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and many others. It also helped his son to develop his football potential.
Hummels’ mother, Ulla Holtho, was a sports journalist who developed an interest in sports to distract herself from the poverty and misery she was born into. Ulla Holtho was born in 1958 into the family of a railway worker’s father and a strict mother who was only a housewife, and understood what it meant to grow up in abject poverty. Her sporting interests included cycling, football, polo, and jogging. She wanted to become a sports journalist, and she did because she was the first woman to present the commentary on a football match on German television.
Other Facts – Weight, Height, and Body Stats
Name: Mats Julian Hummels
Known as: Mats Hummels
Nickname: The Mexican
Profession: Professional Soccer Player
Birth Date: December 16, 1988
Birth Place: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Spouse: Cathy Fischer
Height: 1.91 m
Weight: 90 kg (198 lbs)
Body Stats: N/A
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Net Worth: $12 million